Fanning Isle, Rep of Kiribati
Fanning island is one of the Line Islands of the central Pacific Ocean, and part of the Republic of Kiribati. It is located 1,100 miles south of Hawaii, and has lately become a popular cruise destination. The capital is Napari (Paelau) in the northwest. The former capital is Napia (English Harbour) on the western side, south of a passage into the lagoon. Other villages are Tereitaki, in the northwest, Aontena, a resettlement area just south of Napia, and Manuku, a resettlement area in the south.
Visitors to the island are welcomed by the locals with singing and dancing. There are great conditions here for diving, snorkeling and swimming. Island tours and village visits are available, and there is a local craft market where you can purchase locally made handicrafts.
Things to See and Do
* Local Craft Market
* Handicraft shops
* Diving & Snorkeling
* Village visit
* Bike riding to outer villages
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian dollar (AUD)
Language – I-Kiribati, English (official)
Land Area – 811 km²
Population – 2,500 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus fourteen hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 686
Port Location – Ships anchor offshore and cruise guests take tenders to the island wharf.
Transport Links – The most convenient way to get to Kiribati is mainly by air with scheduled air services provided by Air Nauru and Air Pacific. Air Nauru operates four times a week to Tarawa while Air Pacific operates from Nadi (Fiji) connecting Christmas Island.